TriMet Negligent Security: 78 year old man has face chewed off at Gresham Max Station
The TriMet/Max crime wave continues: this week, a 78 year-old Hillsboro man had his face literally eaten off while waiting for a Max train at the Cleveland Avenue Max station. According to published reports, other on-lookers stood by and watched at the man was attacked. Police reported that the man’s injuries were so severe they could see his skull.
This attack follows last weeks attack where a 3 year-old was pushed onto MAX train tracks.
Attorneys who handle negligent security lawsuits routinely see failures by property owners to secure their premises. Basic security personnel can intervene and stop third-party criminal attacks against MAX customers, particularly attacks which don’t involve weapons where a MAX customer has his face eaten off.
Commercial property owners, like Tri-Met/MAX, owe a duty of care to those on their property. When crime is foreseeable (and crime at any MAX station, at this point, is entirely foreseeable) property owners may be responsible for crimes which occur on their property. Civil lawsuits against property owners allows for full compensation for injuries and damages. Negligent security lawsuits are different than criminal proceedings: the criminal justice system attempts to punish offenders, while civil lawsuits hold negligent parties accountable for money damages. Guests and customers on commercial properties are owed reasonable and adequate security protections from foreseeable crimes.